Acai Berry Anyone?
Posted 03 November 2008 - 10:10 AM
Posted 03 November 2008 - 11:27 AM
Since I used to work for a health insurance company, I have a very strong preference for reading "evidence-based" information, and independent studies. I try to seek out reputable sources of information rather than the manufacturers of any product or someone who has something to gain by skewing the way facts are presented.
First, I went to sciencedaily.com which is a site that carries news items about current, legitimate research (Try typing in "narcolepsy" to see the types of articles that they run). There is one article about Acai, which was actually from just a couple of weeks ago. Some researchers at Texas A&M did prove that the Acai berry's antioxidants are absorbed by humans. The study doesn't prove any health benefits of Acai, but it does show that people can assimilate the antioxidants in the fruit. http://www.scienceda...81006112053.htm
Pubmed.com is another site that lists abstracts of articles/studies published in medical journals (once again, try typing in "narcolepsy" to get a good example of what they run). There are 51 articles listed when you type in "acai" but some of them are in different languages and some of them are referring to some organization known as ACAI. However, you can flip through the articles there to see if there is any proof that it affects energy, weight loss, or anti-aging. I think right now research is so new that all that seems to be proven is that (1) acai containts antioxidants, and (2) the antioxidants can be absorbed by humans. There doesn't seem to be anything that provides clear results about specific health benefits.
Webmd.com is another reputable independent site for health information. Based on this article http://www.webmd.com...health-benefits it says that there is no known benefit of Acai fruit that makes it any different than other fruits. But it does say that people often take it for weight loss or anti-aging claims.
Finally, my absolute favorite reference is HealthNotes. I have not found a way to access HealthNotes for free without going through a website that sells vitamins. HealthNotes includes a section called "science ratings" in its articles that rates the currently available science about a particular substance's claims. http://www.vitaminsh...en/he...7aí&type= HealthNotes gives the available research about Acai only 1 star out of a possible 3.
Sooooooooooooooo... that's my assessment. It is a fruit that has antioxidants that humans can absorb, but the health benefits of those antioxidants have not been scientifically proven anywhere. Also, a lot of the more "salesy" sites that I read about Acai seemed to claim weight-loss and anti-aging benefits, but I didn't see a lot about energy.
Hope this helps. Seems like your friend had great results from a dieting perspective, which is good! Based on this research, if I was the one making the decision about the product, I would try it if I could get ahold of some for free, but I wouldn't spend money on it (especially if it's expensive).
Posted 03 November 2008 - 10:28 PM
Posted 09 November 2008 - 09:05 PM
Like pure concentrate Acai - taste almost like cherry-chocolate sorbet
It makes your teeth go purple (I mean only temporarily!)
It kinda gives you a high - I don't from what though? Too much vitamin C? Or too much sucrose.
It seems kinda addictive to many; in the same way say chocolate is addictive to "chocoholics"; or strong expressos to businessmen
It didnt do too much on me - cos 'sweet' and 'sour' are tastes that do not trigger joy-reactions.
But I did find it very curious how everyone around the table were so High and Ecstatic on it.
So, yes, if ever in Brazil - I'd recommend that:
ask for a local to take you to a Acai Bar, say that you wanna try out "Acai"
By "Acai" - they immediately assume you wanna try the "Sorbet" thing.
Also sometime they add other ingredients like Banana, chocolate chips, Oats, etc